If nothing else, at least NFLPA*chief DeMaurice Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell are speaking again face to face. They may even be splitting a pie.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Goodell, Smith and the Mediator (Arthur Boylan) in Minneapolis are all having lunch together Tuesday.
While this sounds like an episode for a sitcom pilot that never got picked up, the fact the two sides are dining together is a small sign of progress. So is the fact the NFL made a new CBA proposal without hearing back about the old one.
We’ve learned not to be overly optimistic about any labor news, but it will be interesting to hear what comes from Tuesday’s mediation session.
Or better yet: It will be interesting if we don’t hear anything at all.